"Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo"
Sounds scary, and if you've ever had a case of vertigo it feels anything BUT benign (innocuous/ no cause of concern).
I've treated several patients with vertigo symptoms, all present with different symptoms but one common trait. The dizziness!
And if you have had this, then you know that you're barely capable of making it around your house, let alone drive to a clinic. Another perk of having a "House Call Chiropractor" (I know, shameful plug)
BPPV is generally the most common cause of vertigo and it tends to effect women 2x more than men. Other causes could be neurological, Meniere's disease, migraines, and thyroid issues.
when it comes to BPPV the cause lies in the inner ear when calcified material moves around in the inner ear and essentially disturbs the equilibrium.
believe it or not much of our balance isn't just the proprioceptive stimuli from our environment but the fluid in the inner ear!
Think of a "level" that a carpenter may use. The fluid in the level allows us to see if the object is in balance with it's environment. This mechanism is similar in our inner ear!
So what to do during a bout of vertigo?
Treatment if the mechanism is correctly diagnosed is a series of exercises performed by your chiropractor along with chiropractic care. There are some prescriptions available I believe but I'll leave that to my MD friends.
The point is, you don't have to be stuck with the vertigo until it goes away.
call me or you chiropractor immediately to get to the root cause of the problem.
To good health!
Dr. Lucas Marchand